Scape. - Low, from a solid bulb. Leaves. - Two, ovate, smooth. Flowers. - Purplish or greenish, with thread-like reflexed petals and a large brown-purplish lip an inch and a half long; growing in a raceme.
In the moist, rich woods of June we may look for these flowers. The generic name is derived from two Greek words which signify fat or shining, in reference to "the smooth or unctuous leaves." (Gray.)